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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Dear Sixteen Year Old Me

I clicked on this video that a friend posted on Facebook, expecting it to be funny. Really, the only funny part was that in a week that I have been missing my mom like crazy, I clicked on a link that is about Melanoma.

My Mom had a mole removed when she was 27 years old. It was Melanoma. They thought they got it all.

It came back in a 4 inch tumor in her thigh bone when she was 47. They radiated it.

It metastasized to her thyroid. They radiated it.

It metastasized to her brain. They radiated it.

It metastasized to her lungs.

At 48, she died. 7 months from when they found the tumor in her leg.

I was 20. My sister, Katy, was 15.

So please, watch the video, check your skin, and above all else, wear sunscreen.

Love and miss you, Mom... every single day.


  1. Oh Charlie, I did not know that. I'm so so sorry for your loss. You've spent your entire adult life without your mom....
    With summer coming on, this was a great time to remind everyone about sunscreen, and as a cancer survivor, I applaud you for being proactive!
    Sweet blessings to you.

  2. Thank you for your kind words Lisa. I truly appreciate them.

    So glad you are a survivor and that you publicly speak about it! You give hope to all those still fighting. The power of knowing that people can fight cancer and win, is immeasurable.

    And you are right, sunscreen is so very, very important!

    Thanks again!